“I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”
Isaiah 43:25, ESV
Sometimes we’ve got a hard time forgiving ourselves for our sin.
Ironically though, the Lord has a hard time remembering them. Obviously, He isn’t becoming senile on us. He chooses to become “forgetful.” We’re told repeatedly that he has completely forgot and forgiven all of our darkest evils, and twisted agendas.
“He will again have compassion on us;
he will vanquish our iniquities.
You will cast all our sins
into the depths of the sea.”
Once we turn away from those very dark things, we find that the true God is patiently waiting. We discover that his arms are wide open, and he’s running down the path to meet us (Luke 15:20-21.)
There is something noteworthy and special about a forgiven sinner.
In a deep sense we have been altered. We have become a new creation (that word can easily be translated as “species.”) Something tangible has happened, an alteration has taken place. We’re something completely new and totally different–a forgiven believer now exists! “If anyone belongs to Christ, he is a new creation. The old things have gone; everything is made new!” (2 Cor. 5:17)
By our faith in Christ’s death, we discover that the power of our sin has been shattered.
And for the first time, we have the ability to say “no!” We can now turn and go the other direction. We can walk in such a freedom and awareness of being loved, that it really easy to let Him change us from the inside out. Like the prodigal, we must turn our backs on the pigs, and go home (Luke 15:16-17.)
“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
Hebrews 8:12, ESV